What should healthcare reform be about? How you answer this question goes a long way toward demonstrating the divide in thinking in the U.S. On one side the answer is compassion; on the other personal responsibility. If you answered compassion you are likely to be appalled by the GOP answer to healthcare reform.
Whatever the Senate proposes as the new and improved version of a healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act will…Continue
Joe Kennedy III delivered a powerful rebuke to Paul Ryan who described the House version of Trumpcare as "an act of mercy". Kennedy described it as "an act of malice."
As I heard this I could hear Bonnie Raitt in the background. Unfortunately, her version of "Everybody's Crying Mercy" has had the embedding code disabled, so here…Continue
Anjelah Johnson – Stand Up Comedienne
I shared this video with my older daughter who lives on the West Coast, and used to live where East Asians were in the majority. My daughter related that she once went into a hair salon and the Asian stylist said, “You sit. I make you not so ugly.”
I was working on this when I came upon the story about the USS…Continue
I’m usually out of phase with the rest of the world. Father’s Day has been no exception. I posted my Father’s Day blog last week. I had a wonderful Father’s Day. We went to church, listened to a sermon about spiritual parenting, and found that our sometime pastor is moving away. Her last child is leaving the nest, going to college in Chicago. The pastor, who came…Continue
If you search on-line for “determining need” the first page and a half of links are to calculations of financial aid for students for Universities and Medical Schools. In the middle of all of that is a site about determining customer’s needs.
And then we get to “determining the needs of Chinese parents”, needs for elder care, for admission to Virginia Military Institute, for hip or knee replacement and so forth.
There is nothing about need for financial assistance for…Continue
Congressional Baseball Game 2017
What started out as a rant against conservative assholes has softened somewhat. When I realized that “conservative asshole” was redundant I decided to eliminate the redundancy and cut out the word “conservative”. I know there are liberal assholes, but they are rare…Continue
"I'm not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous."
Atty. General Jeff Sessions
“It was a simple question. Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today?" Sen. (D) Kamala Harris
If you aren’t going to…Continue
When I think of my father he is working. His day started at 4:00 a.m. with milking the three or four Jersey cows we kept.
From that point until he left for his day job as mail carrier, he did whatever job needed to be done like feeding chickens, gathering eggs, gathering vegetables or fruit and feeding his pack of beagles.
Somewhere in journalism school students must be taught never to say that someone – anyone – lied. The difference between lying and telling an untruth is profound. In telling an untruth a person may be simply mistaken, be passing along something that they have been told to be true or actually believe something to be true that is not.
Lying is different, “…to lie is an untruth deliberately chosen to deceive and conceal.”
Writing or saying that…Continue
Is It Really That Simple?
We are all reeling internally, once again, following terrorist actions in London. In the midst of all of the news coverage an interviewed police officer asked the question that should have been the first question asked with the first terrorist…Continue
The following excerpt is from an essay by Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump.
This is one of the best pieces of writing I’ve discovered in a long time. The link is with the author’s name at the bottom. Her writing is illuminating, insightful, almost poetic and completely humbling. The reference to the Old Fisherman’s Wife is from a Russian fable.
“He is the old fisherman’s wife who wished for everything and sooner or later he will end up with nothing. The…Continue
What Will Become of the Trump Presidency?
I’ve lived during the administrations of thirteen U.S. Presidents and nothing has come close to that of the 45th president, Donald Trump.
Trump’s campaign, transition and four months in office have been marked by almost daily outrageous behavior that have all been sufficient to bring any previous president’s term to an end, yet Trump perseveres.
Part of his perseverance has come because both houses of…Continue
It is Memorial Day and there will be plenty of things written and said about fallen soldiers, grave decoration and our efforts to keep the memories of loved ones alive. This is something entirely different.
For those of you who are tired of hearing about politics this is a diversion
If you like the outdoors and nature you may actually be entertained.…Continue
This is not like January when I continue to write the previous year when I fill in a date. That's just about another year passing. With each year that has less appeal, but it could be a better year. But not this year. Nothing has suggested an improved future. I won’t be able to change this year. I want to go back to 2016. When someone on the news mentions the President I see Barack Obama’s face. When they mention the First Lady I see Michelle Obama’s bare shoulders and big…Continue
Sink Hole Adjacent to Mar a Lago
Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to…Continue
Fair Play, South Carolina is a real town in the Upstate
"Our Name Says it All"
Trying to find the core belief within a political party is a little like looking for an item in the refrigerator; brands change and the location within the ‘fridge changes, but butter is still butter and…Continue
“A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Forgive me for a few moments while I tell you a little…Continue
“The Sac and Fox culture is based upon respect for the life within themselves, their families, their communities, and all of creation. The Creator gave this way of life to the Sac and Fox people. The culture is the way things are done in relation to each other and all of creation. The Sac and Fox way of…Continue